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  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    ★★★★½

    The scene of the old man from the chess short coming in to fix Woody up is pure satisfying perfection.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★★★

    To infinity and beyond

    A perfect film that will hold up for all time. Genius, simplistic storytelling full of awe, wonder, and heart. A hero's journey of friendship and belonging boosted by its themes of legacy and the fear of being forgotten that would become key to the Pixar canon.

    Love the Overlook/Shining carpet in Sid's house. Also, the scene of Buzz trying to fly out the window is tragically beautiful. And that damn moving truck door flap is burned in my memory.

    And of course, I cry every time when they soar though the sky and into Andy's car sun roof. Perfect.

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  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★★

    Oh wow. I finally got around to seeing this. The master Cuarón exploring his homeland of Mexico via a coming of age tale. A loss of innocence road trip.

    The long takes are phenomenal, oftentimes lingering on the background activity, as Cuarón so brilliantly does. The beauty and the danger of rural Mexico are highlighted ever so subtly.

    Tenoch and Julio are two boys becoming men, exploring their friendship and their inner desires as Luisa hangs on to her youth…

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★½

    This movie was so aggressively mediocre that it made me reconsider my opinion on the entire X-Men franchise.

    I've always been somewhat partial and easy on these movies, as they have fluctuated so drastically in quality over the course of two decades. Even a movie as bad as Apocalypse left me moderately satisfied because of how weird it gets and how different it was from the MCU selection of comic book adaptations.

    That being said, even the sameness and assembly…